Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s holiday writing contest and thank you for your entries. We received 10 entries this year. Megan Johnson of Tooele won the grand prize for her 12 and under poetry entry “When Daddy Comes Home.” Johnson’s poem describes the loneliness during the holiday season due to her father being away at war, and the happiness she felt when he came home for Christmas.
There were first place winners in six different categories. There were no other submissions for the 12 and under poetry category. There were also no submissions for the 12 and under nonfiction or adult fiction categories.
• Paula Miller of Grantsville won first place in the adult poetry category with her poem “My Christmas List.” She writes an inspirational rhyme about what she wants for Christmas.
• Ruth Anderson of Tooele won first place in the adult nonfiction category for her humorous story “The Yule Log,” which is about a childhood Christmas. She recounts a Yule log her family brought home and how her brother decided to burn it on Christmas Eve, making it a Christmas she’d never forget.
• Abby Beazer of Tooele won first place for “Just Believe” in the teen poetry category. Her poem chronicles a young girl’s excitement surrounding Christmas Eve, and how excited she was on Christmas morning because she believed in the magic of Christmas.
• Holly Cox of Tooele won first place in the teen fiction category. Her story “The Creation of Christmas” is about how Santa told a young boy about why Christmas is celebrated when he came to visit on Christmas Eve.
• Jorjee Gowans of Grantsville won first place in the teen nonfiction category for her story called “The Puzzling Christmas.” Her story is about how special her grandparents are to her, and how important the Christmas gift of a puzzle from them was.
• Bridger Thomsen of Stansbury Park won first place in the 12 and under fiction category for his story “A Dinosaur Christmas Carol,” which recounts the traditional tale of “The Christmas Carol” through dinosaur characters such as a stegosaurus named Stegeneezer Scrooge.
• Honorable mentions are: Weston Thomsen of Stansbury Park for his entry “A Toad-ally Awesome Christmas” in the 12 and under fiction category, Lalenia Durfee of Grantsville for her entry “The Best Present Ever” in the teen nonfiction category, and Julie Anderson of Grantsville for her entry “The Magic of Christmas” in the adult poetry category.
The grand prize winner will receive $50 worth of gift certificates to American Burger. First prize winners will each receive $30 worth of gift certificates to American Burger. Prizes can be picked up from the Transcript- Bulletin office during office hours.